Many thanks to colleague Aimee Ortiz for helping me out at the end of last week. It appears she behaved herself for a change. Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up today.
What’s it like outside? Now this is what I’m talking about, baby! It could hit the low 70s today; nice day for an outside lunch. Two caveats: Don’t scare anyone by exposing too many pale body parts, and if you’re one of those people who sneeze at the sight of silk flowers, be warned that there’s going to be a whole lot of pollen trying to get from the anthers to the stigmas today.
Commuter alert: On the Framingham/Worcester line of the commuter rail, board outbound trains on the inbound platforms at stations from Yawkey through Framingham from 2 to 7:30 p.m. weekdays starting today. And board inbound trains on the outbound platforms from Framingham through Back Bay from 3 to 8 p.m. And when the music stops, rush to see if you can grab a seat.
While you were sleeping: The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and some support craft continued to motor toward the Korean Peninsula, perhaps to make the porcine juvenile who’s running North Korea worry about where the itchy-fingered US president will fire his next missiles.
Hey, sport: Just two games left in the regular season for the Celtics, who should be able to handle Brooklyn at the Garden tonight (7:30 p.m., CSNHD and 98.5 FM). Should.
When the NHL playoffs start Wednesday, the Bruins will face the Senators in Ottawa at 7 p.m. (NHL Network and 98.5 FM) in a best-of-seven series. The Bs didn’t beat the Senators in four tries in the regular season. The Sox looked good yesterday.
Find a TV or radio and get the popcorn ready: It’s Chris Sale vs. Justin Verlander in Detroit at 1:10 p.m. as the Sox hope to pick up a split of the four-game weekend series with the Tigers (NESN, MLB Network, WEEI radio). Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is expected back after bereavement leave; DH Hanley Ramirez is still in Boston with the flu. Not sure if Jackie Bradley Jr.’s sore knee will be well enough for him to be back in the lineup. Yesterday, the Sox fell behind the Tigers twice before pulling out the win, 7-5.
Neil Gorsuch gets sworn in as the ninth Supreme today — twice, I guess in case they mess up the first one. At 9 a.m., Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office in the official, but private, ceremony at the Supreme Court. Then Justice Anthony Kennedy — for whom Gorsuch, 49, clerked in the 1990s — gets to do the honors again in a public ceremony in the White House Rose Garden at 11 a.m.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Italy at the G7 meeting of major industrialized nations, all of which would like to know Trump’s strategy for Syria. They all want Bashar al-Assad gone, but while UN ambassador Nikki Haley said regime change was necessary, Tillerson didn’t go that far in remarks over the weekend. The G7 nations also will discuss North Korea and Libya, but probably avoid trade and climate change since Trump hasn’t articulated clear policies on those either.
After the two-day meeting, Tillerson heads to Russia, where he once was greeted like a long-lost comrade. Now they might tell him to just get lost.
Passover begins at sundown, and President Trump will host a seder at the White House, a tradition started by Barack Obama in 2009.
State highway folks will brief reporters at 10 a.m. on their plans to repeal and replace — sorry, I mean repair and replace — the section of Comm. Ave. that crosses above the Mass. Pike at the BU Bridge this summer. It involves both sides of Comm. Ave. and the B branch of the Green Line. If you travel that road for work or to get to Sox games, good luck. Find a detour. Here are the details.
We’ll get our first look at how the Mass. House 2018 budget differs from that of Governor Charlie Baker when the Ways and Means Committee unveils its proposal at 1 p.m.
The state marijuana committee holds another in its series of hearings across the state to collect ideas on how to set up the legalized weed industry, this one at 4 p.m. at Shrewsbury High School. Students who planned to attend changed their minds after finding out there would not be free samples.
The Republican governor of Alabama has proven that you can be 74 years old and still get dubbed “The Luv Guv.” Robert Bentley, who allegedly used state resources to cover up an extramarital affair with a top aide, is facing impeachment hearings starting today. An investigative report by the GOP Legislature said Bentley used state police and intimidation to try to block the release of hot-to-trot phone calls that would have revealed the affair — calls recorded by his ex-wife in 2014 before she divorced him. He says he did nothing illegal. The Alabama Senate will say something else today.
There’s a massive manhunt in Wisconsin for a 32-year-old guy who mailed a 160-page anti-government manifesto to Trump and stole more than a dozen high-caliber weapons from a gun store, but authorities worry that it could turn into a nationwide hunt. They say the manifesto by Joseph Jakubowski indicates that he’s angry at government, law enforcement … basically anyone in authority.
The Pulitzer Prizes are announced at 3 p.m. today, a day when we enemies of the American people honor the work of newspapers, magazines, and news sites last year that detailed deception in the Trump Foundation’s charitable giving, revealed the medical profession’s cover-ups of patient abuse, uncovered health hazards in National Guard facilities, documented the mistreatment of disabled adults in group homes in Illinois, showed how Texas withheld special ed services from disabled students, detailed unequal treatment of black and white defendants in Florida, chronicled the stories of hundreds of gymnasts who had been assaulted by coaches over two decades … well, you get the idea. Prizes in letters, drama, and music also will be awarded.
TV series that return tonight: The third season of “Angie Tribeca” starring Rashida Jones, a comedy created by Steve and Nancy Carell (10:30 p.m. on TBS), and Season 3 of “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” prequel (10 p.m. on AMC).
Finally, on this day in 1906, William Sydney Porter — aka O. Henry — published a short story that had a profound effect on me when I discovered it as a young reader: “The Gift of the Magi.” It wasn’t just the poignant self-sacrifice in the name of love that got to me; it was the revelation that an enormous story could be told in just 2,000 words, and that stories could end with an unexpected twist that saddens, but ultimately gladdens, one’s heart. Oh, and the ending was a corker.
But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.
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